Everyone's thinking of timing.
They're wondering when to get out of the market, how long the next bear market will last, and when to get back in... But they're asking the wrong questions.
Don't time. Tilt.
That's what individual investors miss in every market cycle and every boom and crash.
The market doesn't have one trajectory up... then down. So in order to time the market correctly, you have to not only get your sell decision right, you also have to decide when to get back in. And more often than not, the market will whipsaw back upward and force you to either buy back in at a higher price or sit on the sidelines, missing big gains.
It rarely works.
Fortunately, there's a better way to play the market's ups and downs. Don't try to time them with an "all or nothing" decision. Simply tilt your allocations. It's that easy.
Don't ever decide that it's time to sell all your stocks... or load every penny you have into them.
Right now is the best time in the past nine years to reduce your risk and move some of your capital into cash and cash-like investments.
But it's also a good time to bet on my colleague Steve Sjuggerud's "Melt Up" thesis that the market likely has a final leg upward. Markets do tend to end in blow-off tops that post very generous returns in their final months.
You should bet on a Melt Up... with the right amount of money... and with the right investments.
And the best way to find out how to play the Melt Up is to tune in on October 24.
During his free event, Steve will reveal a recommendation on air with the potential to return 1,000%. What you hear on October 24 will change everything you thought you knew about the Melt Up and how it's going to play out.
This event will be a "must see" for every Stansberry Research subscriber. Sign up right here, and we'll send you the event details right away.
Q: Should we eat unwashed blueberries? Should they be washed in cold or warm water before eating? Will the anthocyanins be lost? – S.J.
A: Blueberries get their power from anthocyanins. These molecules are a type of antioxidant. They're responsible for the health benefits the blues bring because they fight "free radicals." They also give blueberries their color.
Washing won't get rid of the anthocyanins, but it will remove the pesticides sitting on the skin. Recall that thin-skinned produce, like blueberries, tends to have higher amounts of pesticides.
I wash fruits and vegetables with a mixture of white vinegar and cold water. (I use a mix of three-parts water, one-part white vinegar.) I let everything soak for a bit and then rinse the fruits and vegetables off with just water.
Q: Is sugar-free gum okay? – C.G.
A: Sugar-free gum uses an ingredient called xylitol. Xylitol is a type of sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols are partially broken-down carbohydrates. They taste sweet, but our small intestine can't absorb them well. That means they generally pass through our bodies without disturbing much. No studies point to increased blood sugar or higher insulin levels, for instance.
However, some folks report diarrhea, nausea, and similar bowel issues when eating large amounts of sugar alcohols. Researchers believe the inability of our intestines to absorb the sugar substitute means it passes through too quickly. That leads to loose stools. And symptoms also depend on individual tolerance.
Also, make sure to keep foods containing xylitol away from your pets. Xylitol is toxic to dogs and, depending on the brand, as few as 10 pieces of gum can cause acute liver failure.
Q: I was wondering if Doc has any back issues that discuss the best ways to combat high blood pressure. – M.K.
A: High blood pressure – and especially how to treat it – is a controversial topic here at Health & Wealth Bulletin. I regularly recommend methods of controlling your blood pressure that don't involve medication...
Foods like dark chocolate, eggs, wine, and olive oil help keep your blood pressure under control. And make sure to get plenty of potassium and magnesium, which help regulate your pressure High-potassium foods include avocados, potatoes, beans, bananas, fish, raisins, apricots, dates, and cocoa powder. High-magnesium foods include seeds, bran (wheat, rice, and oat), spinach, and cocoa. Other leafy greens like kale and collard greens have high amounts of magnesium as well.
Exercise also helps lower your blood pressure. People who exercise regularly are 35% less likely to have high blood pressure than those who are inactive.
And drink plenty of water. One 2011 study showed that drinking 34 ounces of water a day lowers the risk of developing high blood sugar. The study found that people who drank 34 ounces of water per day were 21% less likely to develop high blood sugar than people who drank 16 ounces or less per day.
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Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,
Dr. David Eifrig and the Health & Wealth Bulletin Research Team
October 19, 2018